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Diana Davila

Dallas Keuchel is still a free agent. How many career wins does he have?

Here is what happened on Day 4 of Early Voting in Person in the #TXHD145SpecialElection.

HCC 32

Scarsdale 22

Ripley 11

Moody 7

Downtown 2

Total 74

Total to date, 359.

You can never count HISD Trustee Diana Davila down for the count. Commentary certainly does not underestimate her. She can count, can you? She is now the HISD Board President and you are not. Check this from the Chron today:

Houston ISD’s four Hispanic trustees took hold of the school board’s top officer positions Thursday, led by Trustee Diana Dávila winning election as president of the much-maligned governance team.

Here is the entire article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/education/article/Veteran-trustee-D-vila-chosen-president-of-13543298.php.

Before you start complaining and moaning, this is happening because we have fair and square elections.

Let’s try to all get on the same page and make sure TEA doesn’t come in and snatch our school district from us.

Here is the headline and a Chron story today on the #TXHD145SpecialElection:

Votes scarce in House District 145 special election

By Jasper Scherer

Updated 8:37 pm CST, Thursday, January 17, 2019

Voters in Texas’ 145th House District are trickling to the polls for the first week of early voting in a sluggish special election to replace state Sen. Carol Alvarado in the lower chamber.

Four days in, a mere 359 voters have cast ballots in person or by mail, amounting to less than one percent of the district’s registered voters. Polls will remain open each day through Sunday, close Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and reopen Tuesday through Jan. 25.

The five polling locations will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. each day except Sunday, when the hours are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The election has drawn eight candidates, including six Democrats: Elias De La Garza, Oscar Del Toro, Ruben Gonsalez, Christina Morales, Alfred Moreno and Melissa Noriega. Republican Martha Fierro and Libertarian Clayton Hunt also are running.

The blue-leaning district went to Hillary Clinton with 67 percent of the vote in 2016; to Democrat Wendy Davis with 57 percent in the 2014 governor’s race; and to Barack Obama with 60 percent in 2012.

However, with few residents turning out this time, Republicans are hoping for a strong showing from Fierro.

“The dismal turnout opens up the prospects for really anyone getting to the runoff if they’re able to mobilize a small number of individuals to actually turn out,” said Mark Jones, a political scientist at Rice University.

The low turnout is typical for special elections, such as last month’s Senate District 6 special election won by Alvarado, D-Houston. Less than 5 percent of registered voters turned out, some of whom are being asked to return to the polls once again.

In that race, Fierro received 23 percent of the vote, bringing her close to a second-place finish but far behind Alvarado’s 50 percent showing.

Even on uniform election dates, turnout tends to run low in District 145, which runs from the Heights through downtown to parts of Pasadena and South Houston. During the 2016 midterms, about 33,500 of the district’s 71,000 registered voters cast ballots, the sixth-lowest vote total of Harris County’s 24 state House districts.

Only Morales and Noriega appear to be raising and spending significant funds on the race, according to campaign finance reports filed this week.

Through Dec. 31, Morales had raised about $20,000, lent herself $5,000 and spent $4,000. She headed into the final month of the race with about $23,000 cash on hand, her finance report showed.

Noriega maintained a similar campaign balance — $22,600 — on Dec. 31, much of which came from $21,750 in personal loans. She reported raising about $5,200 and spent $2,100.

Otherwise, Del Toro had spent $2,600 of his own funds. The other candidates either did not raise more than $1,000 or had not filed campaign finance reports by the Jan. 15 deadline.

I do sense a bit of voter fatigue. (I am out there, and you are not.) You just have to keep plugging away. That is all you can do.

H-Town City Council Member Karla Cisneros sent out an email yesterday letting folks know about the recycling situation.  She didn’t send a letter to the Chron editor.

Dallas Keuchel has 76 career wins of course.

Nothing to report from The Yard.

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